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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sustainable Development and Health
Module Code NS137
School 38
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Marcia Kirwan
Semester 2: Anne Matthews
Autumn: Anne Matthews
Module TeachersAnne Matthews
Marcia Kirwan
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

This module explores sustainable development as it relates to health and health equity. It introduces the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) 2015-2030 as a framework to understand and contribute to achieving sustainable development and health equity.

Learning Outcomes

1. To explore sustainable development as it relates to health
2. To explore how the unequal distribution of particular resources and opportunities affect health and sustainable development.
3. To examine individual and collective responses to improving equity, health and sustainability.

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Independent Study101Reading, work on assignments.
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Sustainable development
Sustainable development; the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs); health determinants; unequal access to resources for health. Causes, consequences of and responses to challenges affecting health and sustainability.

Resources for health
Water, land, environment, clean air, energy sources, food, healthcare resources.

Responses to health inequities
Mobilising personal, community and global resources for health and sustainability.

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayEssay about sustainable development and health.50%Sem 1 End
Completion of online activityLearning journal entries across the module responding to key questions.30%Every Second Week
Digital ProjectUpload of video to Loop Reflect focused on scarcity/inequality of one resource, how it affects health, related to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and how it can be creatively addressed.20%Week 8
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Lyla Mehta (Editor): 0, The Limits to Scarcity: Contesting the Politics of Allocation, 978-1844075423
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
AFUAge Friendly University Programme
BHSBachelor of Science in Health & Society
BSSAStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
BSSAOStudy Abroad (DCU Business School)
HMSAStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
HMSAOStudy Abroad (Humanities & Soc Science)
IESAStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
IESAOStudy Abroad (Institute of Education)
SHSAStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
SHSAOStudy Abroad (Science & Health)
Date of Last Revision07-FEB-12

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